Arsene Wenger has said he intends to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract at Arsenal, despite his latest injury setback which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
The England midfielder suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula playing for the Cherries against Tottenham during their 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Wilshere is currently on loan to Bournemouth and with his contract expiring next year, is up for negotiations. But due to his career being blighted by injury problems, he doesn’t look in a strong position to negotiate, unlike his teammates Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who also have a year remaining on their contracts.
The 25 year-old who has made 27 appearances for Bournemouth this season, having endured several injury-ravaged campaigns in north London, is expected to return to the Gunners’ London Colney training base for rehabilitation over the summer.
Wenger has spoken of the unfortunate injuries Wilshere has suffered for such a great player which has held him back from his true potential and interfered with the crucial consistency of presence required to play top level football.
“It’s sad because Jack is a great football player, has a great football brain and his career has been stopped by many injuries,” Wenger said.
“Today at the top level, the most important thing is the consistency of the presence. When a player’s been out for a while, the game is of such an intensity that it always takes you awhile to get your confidence back.
“A great career doesn’t suffer from stop and go, you have to be consistently present. When you look at all the players who are at the top level in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, these guys play 50 or 60 games a year.
“They have the luck of not being stopped by injuries. You’re always sad when a guy of that quality is stopped by problems.”